Professor Murray is a medical graduate of the University of Aberdeen and has held a personal chair in pathology for 17 years. He leads a research team investigating bowel cancer to understand how this common type of cancer develops and progresses.
Professor Murray said of his appointment: ‘It is a real honour to be appointed as Regius Chair of Pathology. This role is a unique opportunity to represent the speciality and one I am very much looking forward to.’
King James IV founded the first Regius Professorship at the University of Aberdeen in 1497 in the field of medicine. Regius chairs are prestigious positions instituted in disciplines judged to be fundamental and for which there is a continuing and significant need. Appointment to the role is recommended by the Scottish Government and approved by Her Majesty The Queen.
Professor Murray was invited to deliver this year’s Doniach Lecture of the Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland which is given in recognition of a distinguished lifetime contribution to the science of pathology.
He has been a Consultant Pathologist to NHS Grampian for 25 years and leads the diagnostic gastro-intestinal pathology service.